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  • 07/18/11
    The State of America's ChildrenĀ® 2011 Report
    CDF's State of America's Children Report is a compilation of the most recent and reliable national and U.S. state research data on child poverty, children's health, child welfare, youth at risk, childhood and youth education, and other key child indicators.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 07/15/11
    Child Watch® Column: "The State of America's Children"
    The Children's Defense Fund has just released a new report, The State of America's Children 2011, which paints a disturbing portrait of child needs across our country. With rampant unemployment, housing foreclosures, homelessness, hunger, and massive looming federal and state budget cuts, children's well-being is in great jeopardy. One in five children is poor and children are our nation's poorest age group.
  • 06/14/11
    Full Day Kindergarten: Why Does It Matter?
    Forty-two states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core Standards, expecting kindergarten children to master specific skills.
  • 05/31/11
    A Call to Action on Behalf of Maltreated Infants and Toddlers
    Infants and toddlers are the age group most vulnerable to child abuse and neglect and the largest group of children entering foster care. Just as their brains are undergoing dramatic development, these young children experience maltreatment that can lead to permanent damage to the brain's architecture and lifelong problems. The child welfare system's response to infants and toddlers, when not attuned to developmental needs, can compound this damage. CDF, in collaboration with Zero to Three, the American Humane Association, Center for the Study of Social Policy and Child Welfare League of America, recently released A Call to Action on Behalf of Maltreated Infants and Toddlers, with recommendations for policies, programs and practices to better address the developmental needs of infants and toddlers who come to the attention of the child welfare system. It provides a starting point for federal, state, and local policymakers and administrators to assess and identify where and how they can revise or institute policies and practices that protect the development of infants and toddlers and their safety. This time in life provides a unique opportunity to intervene early to prevent or minimize negative effects that will prove more intractable later.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 05/27/11
    Child Watch® Column: "Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge"
    On May 25th, the Obama Administration announced a new Race to the Top challenge fund to identify and reward best practices in education—$500 million of the $700 million challenge is designed to improve the odds for the very youngest children. The Early Learning Challenge grant competition invites states to create comprehensive plans to develop and transform early learning systems for children from birth through prekindergarten to enable all children to start school ready to learn.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 05/20/11
    Child Watch® Column: "Fighting Cuts to Child Care"
    New York City parent Yvonne works as a home care attendant to help support her three-year-old son Darnell. While Yvonne is working, Darnell is enrolled at Franklin Square Head Start, part of Union Settlement in East Harlem, where he receives quality child care and is thriving. Earlier this year Yvonne received a letter saying Darnell would be dropped from the program on September 2, 2011. Yvonne can't afford a private preschool and she can't leave Darnell home alone. Without other affordable options, when September comes Yvonne will have nowhere for Darnell to go while she works.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 04/08/11
    Child Watch® Column: "From Head Start to Harvard"
    The colors were brighter than any she had seen before. Shapes, letters, and lots and lots of colors adorned the walls; around the room, children worked together building high rises with colored blocks and "read" colorful picture books. "I had never seen so much color," Angelica Salazar recalls of her first days as a Head Start preschooler in Duarte, Calif. She remembers the discovery of library books and spending hours curled up on the reading rug.
  • 01/31/11
    Children in the States Factsheets
    These factsheets provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk for children in 2010 in each state.
  • Black and White: Black Children Compared to White Children 01/13/11
    Black and White: Black Children Compared to White Children
    CDF produced a one-page document comparing Black and White children in the crucial areas of poverty, family structure, health, education and the criminal justice system.
  • The State of Black Children and Families: Black Perspectives On What Black Children Face And What The Future Holds 01/13/11
    The State of Black Children and Families: Black Perspectives On What Black Children Face And What The Future Holds
    New research conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Black Community Crusade for Children (BCCC) found two issues have risen to the top of serious concerns the Black community faces.
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